Django Django announce release of new album 'Marble Skies'

Photo by Fiona Garden

Photo by Fiona Garden

After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies, which will be released on January 26th.

The first single ‘Tic Tac Toe’, a rousing, trippy upbeat rock track with an enormous echoing hookline which will excite fans of the band’s rockabilly-influenced elements. The accompanying video for ‘Tic Tac Toe’ was directed by John Maclean, brother of Django Django drummer/producer David Maclean and director of the critically acclaimed modernist western Slow West. It depicts vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff enjoying a rapid-fire day-trip to Hastings which takes a turn into the surreal and sinister when a ghost train puts him on a collision course with a grim reaper inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

As John Maclean explains: “The film could be about the fading era of the beach arcades, time moving too fast, love and games, horror and happiness but it is actually about a man who needs to go buy a pint of milk to make a cup of tea.”

The new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days, Django Django assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Priorto experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape. If there’s a mood running through Marble Skies, it’s one of reflection on things past and present, and finding some kind of peace with your place in the grand scheme of things.